Has Morsi softened his dictatorial decree?

There are conflicting reports as to whether Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has softened the decree in which he exempted all of his decisions from judicial review. A television network allied with his party said Morsi has agreed that most of his actions will be subject to review by the courts after all. But Reuters later reported that a Morsi spokesman said the initial decree has not been amended in any way.

This much is for sure, though: if Morsi did soften his decree, it was no thanks to President Obama. White House spokesman Jay Carney said today that Obama has not spoken to Morsi about the Muslim Brotherhood man’s power grab. Nor would Carney even say that Obama condemns it.

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